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Heritage Sunday 2022

Featured Heritage Sunday 2022

Heritage Sunday 2022

Heritage Sunday shall be observed on Aldersgate Day (May 24), or the Sunday preceding that date (this year it is May 22). The day provides an opportunity for reflection on heritage, celebration of where the Church has been, how it understands itself as it shapes us today, and the meaning of Christian conferencing. Heritage Sunday calls the Church to remember the past by committing itself to the continuing call of God. 

from 264.1, The Book of Discipline

The theme for Heritage Sunday 2022 is “Splits, Separations, and Reconciliations.” From now through the remainder of the year, GCAH will be producing and releasing a number of resources to help the denomination better understand the multifaceted and multi-faced history of the Methodist movement in a global context. From the original split from the Church of England in 1784 to smaller splits over the last 250 years, we’ll examine how and why various schisms happened. We’ll also look at different mergers and attempts at reconciliation to learn how Methodists come (back) together. And we’ll do all of this with Wesley’s words as a guide: 

"If there be any word in the English tongue as ambiguous and indeterminate in its meaning as the word Church, it is one that is nearly allied to it -- the word Schism." -- John Wesley, 'On Schism'

Additional resources you can look forward to are: 1) episodes from our Un-Tied Methodism podcast 2) interviews with key Methodist scholars and leaders and 3) digital images from the repository at GCAH.


Splits, Separations, and Reconciliations: Rooted in Wesleyan Grace Course

Sermon Starter, Hymn Suggestions, and Order of Worship

Wesley's Sermon "On Schism"

Illustrated Timeline of The United Methodist Church

Interactive Timeline

Online Course: Splits, Separations, and Reconciliations

Un-Tied Methodism Podcast Episodes:

Paragraph 2548.2 on disaffiliation

Methodist Church in Puerto Rico

Methodist Church in India

EUB heritage and history

If you would like to look back at the 2021 Heritage Sunday resources, please click this link.